June 24, 2016

What is the prospect of the Hyperloop in India?

Russia recently signed a deal with Hyperloop One to study the possibility of Russia’s first Hyperloop on a 70-kilometer run between China’s mineral and manufacturing heavy Jilin province and Zarubino, a port on Russia’s Far Eastern coast. China and Russia are excellent markets for the Hyperloop because they are respectively the 2nd and 3rd largest transportation networks in the world. India comes in at a close 4th.

The fastest train in India was launched this year in April – The Gatimaan Express. With a top speed of 160 kmph, it covered the nearly 200 km distance between Delhi and Agra in exactly 100 minutes, as promised. It is, however, only slightly faster than the Shatabdi, which was launched 28 years ago – In three decades, the fastest train in India has improved in speed by just a few kilometres per hour.

The next shift in Indian transportation is the recently-approved Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail, to be completed by 2024, which will move at high speeds of upto 350 kmph (as compared to the Hyperloop’s 700+ kmph top speeds). The setting up of the Make In India program in 2014 and public sector companies like the National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd. in January this year to fast track the development of projects like the high-speed rail is a sign that India is taking steps to catch up with its developed counterparts.

However, the Hyperloop is different – not only has it been designed to be better than the high speed rail, but it also represents an opportunity for India to be on par with the world’s leading countries by competing with them to get involved in this new transport revolution. While India is a developing country, it has a natural advantage over other regions of the world just by the virtue of its huge and rapidly growing passenger and cargo demand, and its gigantic transportation network – Prominent industrial corridors in India, like the Delhi-Mumbai corridor represent humongous potential and growth for a Hyperloop network in the future.

Category: The Hyperloop & India

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